“God just did something amazing!” When is the last time you stopped in your tracks and spoke those words?
This past month, I’ve gotten a lot of emails and letters from readers letting me know that something I’ve written has been used by God to give them encouragement and hope. C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know we're not alone" - and I always hope for that connection in my books.... that readers will think, "Yes! Someone else GETS it."
Still, it amazes me when God allows that to happen.
In the past several years I've been grumpy, frustrated, lonely, despairing, and often hopeless.. Yet God has been faithful, patient, merciful, and creative in finding ways to comfort and guide me.
If anyone felt their spirit lifted or heart encouraged when they read one of my novels or devotions or newsletters, then it’s only because I’m a fellow sore-footed traveler on rocky roads, able only to point to Jesus.
When I read letters from folks grappling with difficult situations, I wish I could lift the load from other’s shoulders. I wish I could take away their struggles. I wish I could open the doors that have been closed to them. Time and again I’m faced with the truth that in myself I have little wisdom or power to offer. But I know the One who has complete love, total knowledge, and limitless power. And I know His purposes and plans are wonderful (although He doesn’t always divulge the specifics– hence my bouts of grumpiness).
So let’s watch for what God is up to in the coming days. I can vouch for the fact that He is able to do amazing things. More than we ask or imagine. Sometimes I’m so busy looking at what I wish He would do (based on my plans for improving the universe) that I miss the cool things He actually IS doing.
Back to my original question – how has God amazed you recently?